March “To Be Read” Pile . . .

 

Hello Bookworms!  It’s that time to post a new batch of books of the extensive To Be Read Pile. For the month of March, I’ve set a modest goal of 16 books. Without further ado, my TBR is:

 

 

Escape to the beautiful Smoky Mountains as Hickory Ridge recovers from the ravages of war, and one young woman arrives to make a new start.

Alone and penniless following her father’s death and a broken engagement, Bostonian Ada Wentworth journeys to Hickory Ridge to take a position as a lady’s companion to the elderly Lillian Willis.  Using the millinery skills handed down from her mother, Ada hopes to earn enough money to establish her own hat shop back east.  But then she meets Wyatt Caldwell, Lillian’s Texas-born nephew, and suddenly her plan seems far less simple.  As Ada becomes a part of life in Hickory Ridge—joining the church quilting circle, helping a beautiful little girl at the orphanage, she finds her feelings for Wyatt growing ever more serious.  But Wyatt has plans of his own.  Plans that will take him far from Hickory Ridge.  Can she trust Wyatt with her future . . . and her heart?

 

 

Socialite Sarah Dobbs never thought she’d be a mail-order bride.  But, then, she never thought she’d be destitute, shunned and her young sister’s only hope for a normal life.  Drawn to Texas by the poetic letters she calls her paper roses, Sarah believes her secrets will be safe here.  But the town is deeply divided and harbors its own secrets, including the identity of the person who murdered Sarah’s fiancé.  There’s no one she can trust, not Clay Canfield, and certainly not God.  He’s abandoned her.

Talented physician Clay Canfield has only one desire: to find the man who murdered his brother and exact vengeance.  He’ll never marry again, especially not a woman burdened with a child.  As for faith, that’s not for him, any more than it is for Sarah.

But God has plans for Sarah and Clay, plans that challenge everything they hold dear.

 

 

Longing for a new start, Crystal Clark arrives amid the splendor of the high country in June 1892.  After the death of her father, Crystal is relieved to be leaving the troubles of her Georgia life behind to visit her aunt’s cattle ranch.  Despite being raised as a proper Southern belle, Crystal is determined to hold her own in this wild land—even if a certain handsome foreman named Luke doubts her abilities.

Just when she thinks she’s getting a handle on the constant male attention from the cowhands and the catty barbs from some of the local young women, tragedy strikes.  And saving the ranch from a greedy neighboring landowner means Crystal must take charge of a cattle drive, ready or not.  Can she rise to the challenge?  Or will she head back to Georgia defeated?

 

 

She’s an outlaw.

He’s a preacher.

Both are in need of a miracle.

Sarah Prescott has never known a respectable life.  Just a hardscrabble childhood and brothers who taught her to shoot first and ask questions later.

Justin Wells left Boston in disgrace, heading out alone on the dusty trail to Texas.  But when the once-respected clergyman encounters a feisty redhead in handcuffs with a dying U.S. Marshal at her side, their journey takes a dramatic turn.

His high-society expectations and Sarah’s outlaw habits clash from the start.  With a price on her head and towing an orphaned baby rescued from the brink of starvation, Justin and Sarah make the difficult journey toward Rocky Creek.  There, justice will be meted out.  Perhaps—they hope—with a healthy portion of grace.

Filled with mishaps, laughs, and adventure, Margaret Brownley’s inspiring romance will keep readers cheering for Sarah as she struggles to become a true lady.

 

 

At a different time, in a different place, under different circumstances . . . could two people fall in love all over again?

Ten years ago Kathryn Jennings made a vow.  For better or worse.  And that promise still holds true, even though her marriage has not turned out as she expected.  When her husband fails to return home one stormy winter night, she struggles to keep their ranch, but her efforts are blocked at every turn.  After a shocking glimpse into her husband’s past, Kathryn uncovers a hidden truth.  What she wouldn’t give to turn back time and be able to love her husband for the man that he was, nor for the man she always wanted him to be.

Larson Jennings has spent his entire life running from a broken past, unable to trust, reluctant to try again.  One fateful night, his life takes an unexpected twist, and soon he is forced to make a choice.  Whatever he chooses, his decision may cost him his life.

 

 

She’s a beautiful young widow.  He’s a charming Charlestonian with a taste for adventure.  Both need a place to call home.

Fall in love with Carrie and Griff as they each struggle to make peace with the past and find new hope for the future.

For Carrie Daly, life seems to consist mostly of mourning and ashes.  Widowed when her young husband died at the battle of Shiloh, Carrie has spent the intervening years living quietly on her family’s farm with Henry, her older brother.  But then Henry marries Mary Stanhope, a difficult widow with two rowdy sons in tow.  Feeling that there is no longer a place for her on the farm, Carrie moves to the genteel but shabby Verandah Ladies Hotel and takes a job at Nate Chastain’s book shop, intending to make a new life for herself.

But a chance meeting with Griff Rutledge, a newcomer to Hickory Ridge, changes everything.

It will take a leap of faith on both their parts to redeem the hurts of the past and claim God’s promise of beauty for ashes.

 

 

Longing for adventure, Priscilla Morton leaves Boston and heads for Texas, never dreaming that the adventure she seeks will leave her badly injured and her parents dead.  Priscilla is determined to rebuild her life and make a home for herself in the beautiful Hill Country, but the bandits who took her parents’ lives also destroyed her hope for the future.

Ranch foreman Zachary Webster knows what the future holds for him, and it’s not a woman like Priscilla.  She deserves a cultured East Coast gentleman, not a cowboy who’s haunted by memories of his mistakes.  The best think he can do is leave her alone.

When necessity draws them together, Priscilla and Zach begin to forge a life that, like the scattered petals of her childhood, is filled with promise.  But then the past intrudes.

 

 

Juliana Brady is alone in an 1890s Montana mining town, with few prospects for making a living.  But she is determined not to be dependent on the charity of others.

Josh McBride is trying to scrape up a living from his sheep herd while he builds his ranch.  But when he discovers some rare stones on his property, he’s tempted by the prospect of fast money.

When their paths cross, Juliana and Josh must make a choice—the world’s riches and promises, or the eternal value of love.

 

 

Jenny Higgins is certain falling in love and finding a husband are matters of the mind.  Her heart has other plans.

After their parents died, Jenny felt responsible for seeing that her two younger sisters were well taken-care of.  Tipped off by an article naming Rocky Creek the town with the highest number of eligible bachelors, Jenny rolled into this Texas town with a clear objective: find suitable husbands for her two sisters and then start fresh somewhere far, far away.

Jenny believes that women who fall in love at first sight often wish they’d taken a second look, so she diligently beings to follow all the rules set forth in her handy manual on how to land a husband.

But while Jenny is interviewing the less-than-promising candidates, her sisters are falling in love the old-fashioned way—with men of their choosing.  And the longer Jenny stays, the more her sense of control slips away.  The town isn’t living up to her expectations, her sisters are rebelling against her practical choices, and soon her own heart starts to betray her, as U.S. Marshall Rhett Armstrong stirs emotions in her that weren’t part of her plan.

To relinquish her control to God and calm her restless spirit, she’ll need to give her foregone conclusions about marriage, love, and faith.

 

 

Words, once spoken, can mend a broken life . . . or cripple it.  But words left unspoken can haunt the soul, inflicting a far deeper wound.

Annabelle Grayson has been given a second chance at life, but she can’t claim it with the cloud of her past hanging over her in Willow Springs.  After her husband dies, she advertises for a trail guide to accompany her to land waiting for her in Idaho—and a most unlikely candidate applies for the job.

Matthew Taylor is a man on the run, with consequences of past mistakes pursuing him at every turn.  Meeting Annabelle Grayson the first time was unpleasant enough, but when she crosses his path again, her presence in his life—and what she reveals—is devastating.  If given a single wish, Matthew would turn back time and right a grievous wrong.  If given a second wish, he would make Annabelle Grayson pay.

 

 

Immerse yourself in the exciting and unpredictable world of a woman newspaper editor.

Ethan and Sophie long to share a future together.  But the secrets they’re keeping could tear them apart.

Sophie Robillard Caldwell has spent a lifetime guarding her heart . . . and a life changing secret.  Hoping to follow in the footsteps of the newspaperwomen she has come to admire, she returns to Hickory Ridge from Texas to revive the local paper, the Gazette.

Ethan Heyward, son of a Georgia planter has come to town to build and manage Blue Smoke, a luxury resort soon to open at the top of Hickory Ridge.  He, too, is harboring a secret too painful to share with anyone . . . even Sophie.

It will take all of their trust and all of their faith to confront the past and embrace their future.

 

 

Harriet Kirk is certain that becoming Ladreville’s schoolteacher is just what she needs—a chance to put the past behind her and give her younger siblings a brighter tomorrow.  What she didn’t count on was the presence of handsome former Texas Ranger Lawrence Wood—or the way he slowly but surely claims her fragile heart.  But can Harriet and Lawrence ever truly put the past behind them in order to find happiness?

 

 

Still cautious after a broken engagement, April McBride fully intends to guard her heart when she travels to Lewiston, Montana, to attend her brother’s wedding.  One look around the small mining town convinces April that doing so won’t be difficult—just a bunch of dusty shops, bad service, and ill-bred cowboys.  but a run-in with horse trainer Wes Owen opens up vast possibilities for frustrations, embarrassment, friendship, and . . . love?

Can April and Wes see past their differences to envision a future together?  Or are they destined to live the rest of their lives alone?

A Love of Her Own is an adventurous, sparked-filled ride through love in the turn of the century Montana.

 

 

Trouble follows Lucy wherever she goes.  So does a vision of second chances . . . and love.

Lucy Fairbanks dreams of working as a photographer at the Rocky Creek newspaper.  Her deepest hope is that her father will see her as an artist, the way he thought of her deceased mother, whose paintings still hang on their walls.

But disaster follows Lucy on every photo assignment: a mess of petticoats and ribbons, an accidental shooting, even a fire.

When Lucy meets David Wolf—a rugged, reclusive man who lives on the outskirts of town—she thinks she can catch the attention of the town with his photograph.  She doesn’t count on her feelings stirring whenever she’s near him.

Two things happen next that forever change the course of Lucy’s life.  But will these events draw her closer to God or push her further away?  And how will David accept this new vision of Lucy?

 

 

Though loss is often marked in a single moment, letting go of someone you love can take a lifetime . . . 

The threat of war—and a final request—send Veronique Girard from France to a distant and uninviting country.  In the Colorado Territory, she searches for the man who has held her heart since childhood—her father.  Pierre Girard left Paris for the Americas to seek his fortune in fur trading, vowing to send for his wife and daughter.  But twenty-years have passed and his vow remains unfulfilled.  Sifting through shards of broken promises, Veronique embarks on a dangerous search for a man she scarcely remembers.

His grief finally healed, Jack Brennan is moving on with life.  After years of guiding families west, he is now working as a freighter to the mining towns surrounding Willow Springs.  What he doesn’t count on is an unexpected traveling companion on his trips up into the mountains, and how one woman’s search will cause havoc with his plans . . . and his life.

 

 

Experience the serenity of life on a Tennessee Quaker farm in this new story of love and betrayal, forgiveness and second chances.

Olivia gave her heart to the wrong man.  Cast out of her father’s house, she accepts an offer of marriage from Luke McKenzie, the younger brother of the man who stole her virtue and her hopes for the future.  The young couple embark on a harrowing journey from the North Carolina mountains to Tennessee where they intend to make a new start and a home for the child who is coming.  When an accident on an icy mountain trail leaves Luke unable to travel, he and Olivia take shelter in the home of a Quaker family.  As Luke’s injuries heal and Olivia comes to terms with her mistakes, the couple struggle to make for themselves a proper marriage.

 

What’s in your March TBR Pile?

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